Under the terms of a partnership recently announced, Yahoo! Japan and Hitachi will jointly develop and offer a series of new corporate enterprise information portal (EIP) solutions. The two companies have merged Yahoo! Japan's information services and system development capabilities with Hitachi's collaborative ebusiness platform "Cosminexus" to develop new corporate EIP software and services. The partners will also collaborate on improving usability and customization capabilities of Hitachi's Cosminexus Portal Framework product lineup and plan to offer a consulting service for designing Web sites to help business operators create user-friendly EIP systems. My Yahoo! Business Edition-compatible portal Web site development software and the Cosminexus Portal Framework-compatible portal Web site development service are expected to become available on October 29.